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The Hanging of Angelique, by Afua Cooper.

An absolute MUST READ!

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The Hanging of Angelique:  The Untold Story of Canadian Slavery and the Burning of Old Montreal, by Afua Cooper.   University of Georgia Press, 2006.

Race in the Atlantic World Series.

An important, wide-ranging history focusing on a slave woman and the context of life in colonial Montreal, slavery in Canada and the international Atlanta Slave Trade.

Afua Cooper tells the story of Marie-Joseph Angelique, a slave woman who is believed to have started the massive fire which destroyed the merchant section of Montreal in 1734.  Fleshing out her story, Cooper provide abundant historical contexts so that readers can see the larger stories of which Angelique was a part.  At times, the context pulls away from Angelique’s particular story, diminishing the unity of the book.  For those of us unfamiliar with the global dimensions of slavery, however, the larger pictures she provides are invaluable.

Too many of us know the…

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